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Easy to make – check! Simple ingredients – check! Healthy for you – check! Kid / Husband approved – CHECK!
Last week I purchased 10 lbs of organic apples. The next day my husband brought home about 5 more pounds of apples, forgetting that we already had some in the house.
For days these apples were staring at me, I swear they were giving me the stink eye. We couldn’t eat them fast enough so I got busy making recipes with apples in them.
I was down to the very last few when it hit me…Dah! Just make some simple apple sauce! Keep in mind that different apples lend different flavors.
The following apples are best enjoy in their raw state, which works well in the raw apple sauce are the; gala, Honey Crisp (can be watery), Cameo, Fugi, McIntosh, Jonathan, Golden & Red Delicious, Ambrosia, Jonagold, and Pink Lady (my favorite). When making your apple sauce, it doesn’t have to be limited to just these apples… you can also use tart apples if those make your mouth water. Enjoy all the different flavors.
Below, I shared with you some tips about either making smooth or chunky apple sauce. In the photos that I provided, I made a slight chunky version. I peeled the apples, so in case you are wondering what the brownish flecks are in the sauce… that is the dates. As the apple sauce sits in the fridge, the apples (if juicy to begin with) may continue to release some water. If this happens, just stir it in before serving.
Yields 2 cups
Red Delicious – Most popular variety and America’s favorite eating apple. Striped to solid red in color, with rich, sweet, mellow taste. Suitable for snacks and salads, not recommended for pies or cooking. Most widely available of all varieties, can be purchased year round nationwide.
Golden Delicious – Yellow color, rich, tangy, sweet, juicy flavor. Texture and shape similar to Red Delicious. Resists browning when sliced. All purpose apple. Desirable for salads, snacks, fresh desserts and baking. Available all year.
McIntosh – Mixed red and green coloring. Tart, tender and juicy flavor. Excellent for eating fresh, not recommended for baking. Available mainly in the east and midwest from September until late spring.
Rome Beauty – Red and red-striped skin. Firm with medium-tart to sweet taste. Best for baking and cooking. Available nationwide from October until July.
Granny Smith -Green coloring, moderately tart and very firm, all-purpose apple. Available nationwide year-round.
Jonathan – Light red stripes over yellow or deep red darkening to purple in areas. Rich semi-tart flavor. All-purpose apple. Available September until spring mainly in the midwest.